Artificial Christmas tree for peace on earth, and peace of my mind!
When the kids were smaller we invested in an artificial Christmas tree, because as toddlers they had the unfortunately tendency to eat the needles that fell on the floor. So for the sake of my peace of mind, and the kids' health, we lowered our standard and went fake.
But I have to say: it may be fake, but an artificial christmas tree is very handy and practical! After you're done with Christmas you just stuff it back into its box until next year. And no poor tree has to die.
Plastic Christmas ornaments
We used paper and plastic Christmas ornaments instead of beautiful, shiny glass Christmas balls. That way it wouldn't matter if the kids shook the tree, and Chrismas ornament fell down.
Since we knew we had definitely lost the quest for a stylish, grown up Christmas tree, we gave our kids free reign with there selfmade decorations. So our Christmas tree used to sport a lot of toilet rolls. And in the top of the tree, there's a Christmas angel my eldes daughter made, alsof made from a toiletroll.
But even though our tree isn't very chic, I still love it. And I love that it's no-mainentance.